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Learning Development

Slindon College have the skills, experience and resources to provide a comprehensive support package, tailored to the needs of your son.

Our SENCo is responsible for all learning development. All students may be screened on entry and, where required, enter a Learning Development or Therapy programme. The approach to learning is holistic. 

Learning difficulties we support

We support a wide range of Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD) including:

  • Literacy and numeracy difficulties such as Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
  • Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Dyspraxia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 


We are a category Learning Support Centre (LSC) school with CReSTeD (Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexics) accreditation. CReSTeD, supported by the British Dyslexia Association, acknowledges schools for the quality and provision of support for dyslexic pupils. Our category DU status means we are a school with a designated unit or centre providing specialist tuition on a small group or individual basis, according to need.

West Sussex Local Offer 

Specialist Teachers

Our Specialist Teachers continuously liaise with subject teachers to disseminate useful individualised strategies which are then implemented across the school. Great care is taken to ensure that all students are supported to develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses across the curriculum.

This includes a Therapy team, who range from Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists to Social and Emotional Learning teachers.

There is an additional charge for Specialist Teaching. If you feel your son could benefit from a Specialist Teaching intervention please contact our main office. Please note that sessions do not run in the first week of term.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

For our overseas students, we can provide intensive English tuition. All Primary pupils and Secondary students are screened on entry by a specialist EAL tutor, after which individual tuition or small group tuition will be arranged. There is an additional charge for EAL support. If you feel your son could benefit from EAL intervention please contact our main office.

1:1 Literacy & Numeracy Specialist Support

Sessions are individualised and differentiated for each pupil, taking into account their needs, focusing on precision teaching and multisensory approaches. Lesson plans are comprehensive and structured based on collating information from each individual student’s EHCP/ Statements, Educational Psychologist reports, other outside agency reports and diagnostic assessments. A range of resources is deployed to engage and motivate the pupils.

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) is a whole school approach that promotes social and emotional skills as well as the well being of our students. We strive to bring the five main attributes of SEAL in to all aspects of school life:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation (managing feelings)
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills

In addition to this, some students receive 1:1 sessions by a tutor. This type of input is driven by the provision required for your son.

What happens in 1:1 sessions?

The SEAL tutor will work closely with the SENCo to organise 1:1 sessions which give pupils a basic understanding of emotions; how these might affect them, and the impact that these feelings might have on others. SEAL sessions also create a safe space for pupils to spend time with an adult to discuss worries they may be having which could be affecting their school day.

There is an additional charge for intensive 1:1 SEAL support. If you feel your son could benefit from SEAL intervention please contact our main office

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapists (SaLT's) are allied health professionals who diagnose communication difficulties such as Developmental Language Disorder and Social Communication Disorder and deliver intervention to support these needs, aiming to reduce the impact on a pupil’s academic and social participation, and their adult life. SaLT's work throughout the school, liaising with teaching staff, as well as with parents, carers and other professionals.

How does Speech and Language Therapy work at Slindon College?
Our in-house Speech and language therapists run a 3-tier service - universal, targeted and specialist:

Universal service

All pupils attending Slindon College access the universal support. This runs across the whole school and involves:

  • Training for staff around the nature of communication needs and how to support these
  • SaLTs being available to give advice to staff on request throughout the week, e.g. around adapting the classroom environment, differentiating educational activities or modelling strategies
  • Pupils have the opportunity to access a weekly Enrichment Activity which uses Lego Therapy techniques to support the development of communication skills, including working as a team.

Targeted and specialist service

In addition to this, some pupils receive 1:1, small group or in-class support from SaLTs or trained LSAs. This type of input is driven by the provision required for your son.

SaLT can be delivered through short or long-term blocks of intervention, supporting pupils with areas such as: developing their understanding of spoken information, improving their ability to express themselves using language, recognising the feelings of others around them, and improving their ability to interact in different social situations.

There is an additional charge for intensive SaLT. If you feel your son could benefit from SaLT intervention please contact our main office. Please note that sessions do not run in the first week of term.

Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapists will empower your child to achieve what matters to them and overcome barriers preventing them from doing their day to day activities. Their aim is to help your son reach their full potential by giving them the skills to learn, grow, socialise, play and manage day to day school life. Carefully structured individual or group sessions will help improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, motor skills and self-esteem. Making it easier for your child to improve their physical health, independence and well-being both here at school and at home. Our Learning Support area includes a Sensory Room for students, where OT support takes place.

There is an additional charge for Occupational Therapy. If you feel your son could benefit from OT intervention please contact our main office.